Many thanks to five-times Olympian and World Champion race-walker Rob Heffernan for launching ‘Run For Your Life in Cork City Marathon’ on June 2 in support of a new Stroke Unit at Cork University Hospital. The new 25 bed Stroke Unit will incorporate a new therapy suite to ensure the best possible ongoing rehabilitation for stroke patients. It will also incorporate a hyper-acute section to care for patients undergoing Thrombectomy. Thrombectomy significantly reduces the disability of 1 in every 2 stroke patients that receive the treatment. 1 in every 4 patients who undergo thrombectomy will have their stroke effectively cured.

CUH currently has the busiest inpatient stroke service in Ireland with over 500 confirmed stroke patients each year. Due to an aging population the number of strokes patients will increase by 25% in just the next 5 years.

If you wish to take part in the marathon and help raise funds for the new Stroke Unit at CUH please contact info@cuhcharity.ie.